[quote]Joe Brook wrote:
I’m sure a lot of people dont consider it functional enough. I, however, think it’s the best back builder…better than chins or deads
I never got that function bollocks…
I have trained with weights with a bodypart based style of training since i was a kid.
I have brought up my strength to a level slightly above most who don’t train i believe… so i get asked to do all sorts… dig, lift couches etc… any physical labouring.
And i find it “easy” in comparison to others who don’t train, that is my strength is just as functional as it could be and i don’t train for “function”.
I simply, from my own experience, do not believe in functional training other than drills etc for sport specific stuff. Maybe deadlift if you wanna call it functional. i just hate the word now, and all the twats who think they know what they mean…
(i met a guy in the gym today, and he was telling me the benefits of a Deadlift on functional movements and Rehab. etc. Then he proceeded to DL without leaning forward! He kept his back vertical to the floor and moved the bar around his knees!
I asked if i could give him a tip… did a quick tutorial as i would have with a client and he thanked me for 5 mins straight!.. then explained he was a PT and he had read in many BOOKS how to DL for 15YEARS!! and was surprised that he had missed the form… THAT IS THE PROBLEM RIGHT THERE… i feel sick re-hashing this).
You’re preaching to the choir here Joe.
As far as barbell rows being “bad”. I honestly had never heard that prior to CT mentioning it in his recent article.
When I first started training I did just one exercise for my back, and that was bent-over BB rows. I had read that many, including Arnold felt that it was the single best back mass builder. Who was I to argue with Arnold?
And low and behold, it put substantial mass on my back. Yes, later on I did start incorporating other back movements (variations of pull-ups, T-bars, deads, shrugs, etc…). But I still feel that bent-over BB rows are right up there with the best back mass builders to this day.